NSPCC Warns Sarah's Law Isn't Working

30 July 2015, 14:26

It's claimed children here in Wales are at risk of abuse because of issues with a paedophile warning system.

Sarah's Law lets parents check whether people who look after them or live in their area have a criminal background.

It was brought in after a little girl called Sarah was murdered by a man who already had a child abuse conviction.

There's now worries children may still be at risk, as the way police forces implement 'Sarah's Law' varies too much.

Head of NSPCC Cymru - Des Mannion says a standard needs to be set...

"This freedom of information request is showing us that there is a real variation in the implementation of what's called Sarah's Law.

What I'd like to see is an evaluation and I think that will start to bring out some of the issues and dilemmas which forces face when they have to make these sorts of decisions."

Here in Wales - figures found most of our forces haven't given out information when requested.

South Wales didn't reveal 80% whilst North didn't reveal nearly 85% - and Dyfed Powys kept almost 70% of information back.

Gwent Police received 21 applications but didn't say how many they replied to.

Police leaders have been calling the findings 'unhelpful and potentially misleading'...

...saying they work on a case by case basis and only give out information if it safeguards children.

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